(L-R) Mike Murri, WXYZ and WMYD vice president and general manager, Bill Ford Jr., Executive Chairman of the Ford Motor Company, Chuck Stokes, WXYZ and WMYD editorial and public affairs director.

WXYZ-TV (Detroit) has named Executive Chairman of the Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford Jr., the Channel 7 Newsmaker of the Year. In 2018, Ford generated international attention when the Ford Motor Company purchased the century-old Michigan Central Station that had long been a symbol of Detroit’s decline.

Ford’s plans for redevelopment in Detroit also include a 1.2 million-square-foot mobility campus where high-tech vehicles of the future will be designed and created. This new effort is expected to attract America’s top talent to the Motor City.

“We are honored to recognize Bill Ford Jr. as WXYZ’s Newsmaker of the Year for his vision, leadership and commitment to our community,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ and WMYD vice president and general manager. “He has been a catalyst for Detroit’s revitalization with ambitious projects that will create a new era of innovation in the city where his great-grandfather put the world on wheels.”

Bill Ford Jr. shared his vision for Detroit and the future of transportation when he was interviewed by Chuck Stokes on the Spotlight on the News “Newsmaker of the Year” special February 27.

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